3rd February 2015, 6pm - 9pm, and thereafter the first Tuesday of every month.
This magical museum, comprising the collection and personal effects of Sir John Soane, the architect who died in 1837, is a favourite for many Londoners. Rightly so. It’s just what a collection should be: a treasure trove of antiquities, paintings (wonderful Hogarths, Canalettos and Turners), furniture, architectural models, and books, brought together by a passionate, idiosyncratic and academic collector (Soane was appointed Professor of Architecture at the Royal Academy in 1806), and displayed in the house they were brought for, and where Soane lived surrounded by his art, objects and library.
A visit to Sir John Soane’s Museum is always a treat, but the very best way to see it, especially on a gloomy winter’s night, is by candlelight. You can do this on the first Tuesday of every month, when it is open late into the evening and lit only by candles, so you can pad around as Sir John would have done himself. If you’ve never been to this museum, which has recently completed a five-year restoration plan, or haven’t been for a while, then do think about going this coming Tuesday, 3rd February. The doors open at 6pm (last entry for a day visit is 4.30pm) and the museum stays open till 9pm, but be warned: the evenings are popular and tickets are somewhat restricted (200 are issued for each evening opening). Queues start forming at 5pm, so do get there as early as possible. It’s well worth it.